The Tucson Convention Center Arena renovation, a $6M project, proposed new seating, chairs, scoreboard, sound system, ceiling tiles, concrete floors, lighting, restrooms, concession stands, and more! In preparation for the large-scale renovation project, RICK conducted various studies to determine the most efficient and cost effective renovation approach.
RICK was contracted to create a precise, life-like 3D Building Information Model (BIM) leveraging 3D Laser Scanning technology. The 3D Laser Scanning technology measured the location, size and existing conditions of the 145,000-square foot Tucson Convention Center Arena interior. The entirety of the arena’s interior was captured, including concourse, mezzanine and lower levels. The entire arena was digitally captured in four (4) days and the output included a common coordinate system with digital scans stitched together.
To meet and exceed the client’s projected schedule, modeling was performed immediately. Upon receiving the notice to proceed, RICK already completed field mobilization and referenced a 3D model generated from historic construction documents to better-inform the task at hand. The modeling of architectural and structural systems were “trued-up” to the existing conditions as captured by the 3D laser scanning. This process created a highly accurate model to allow for conceptual and final design tasks. The 3D laser scanning saved a considerable amount of time and money as the point cloud proved detailed enough to allow for various architectural design tasks. TruViews were created on the building, allowing for virtual field walks by the design team, minimizing field visits.